A global survey released today shows that none of the major consumer goods giants responsible for most of the single-use plastic in circulation have any plans to reduce the amount of plastic packaging they produce.
The Greenpeace survey of eleven world-leading brands including Coke, Nestle and Procter & Gamble, also reveals most of these companies do not know how much of the plastic packaging they produce is actually recycled, and even less about its destination after it’s been used.
The survey is featured in a new Greenpeace report, which highlights how recycling alone cannot tackle the growing ocean plastic crisis, citing research showing that only 9 percent of plastic produced globally between 1950 to 2015 was actually recycled. At the same time plastic production and the use of single use plastic is increasing substantially year on year and projections indicate plastic use will quadruple by 2050 if we continue with business as usual.
The following images include plastic waste Greenpeace collected during recent Break Free From Plastic brand audits and plastic waste found during our voyage into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.